County Unemployment Numbers Tell Familiar Story

County  by county Indiana unemployment numbers have been released for the month of May by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and despite a rise of 1 tenth of a percent, Dubois county finished the month in a three way tie for the state’s lowest unemployment rate.

May marked the third straight month Dubois was part of a three-way lead. In March and April the county was tied with Lagrange and Elkhart counties. However in may, Adams county replaced Elkhart in that trio.

All three came in at an even 2 percent. Neighboring Daviess county was tied with Elkhart for second at 2.1 percent.

Statewide, Indiana’s unemployment rate declined to 3.2 percent in may and was below the national rate of 4.3 percent last month.

The state’s may jobless rate compared with one of 3.6 percent in April.

Workforce development commissioner Steve Braun says Indiana continues to see a decline in unemployment insurance claims. Braun says he believes it’s directly related to a constricting labor market.

Locally, Dubois county for the third straight month was is in a three-way tie with the state lowest unemployment rate at an even two percent.

Daviess county is right behind at 2.1 percent. Martin and Spencer counties both came in at 2.4 percent. Warrick county was at 2 and a half percent, Pike 2.6. Perry county was at 2.8, Orange an even 3 and Crawford county’s unemployment rate for the month of may was at 3.3 percent.

Vermillion county north of Terre Haute had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent.

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